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Anything But Wagner

Three music gurus suggest wedding-march alternatives.


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Gar Ragland
Owner of Brooklyn record label NewSong Recordings

• “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
“It’s intimate, soulful, and classy all at the same time.”

• “All Because of You” by U2
“ ‘All because of you, I am.’ Enough said.”

• “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles
“For the couple who doesn’t mind when their guests lend their voice to the chorus.”


Michael Taylor
Owner of booking company Star Talent Inc.

• “Intermezzo” from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana
“The piece builds anticipation and then reveals a glorious, romantic theme.”

• “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi
“This is so lush. In the opera, she is asking her father for permission to get married. People who know it will chuckle.”

• “Love Theme” from the film Cinema Paradiso
“It stands alone even if you don’t know the movie.”


Julie Covello
a.k.a. DJ Shakey

• “Alone in Kyoto” by Air
“This beautiful song was used on the Lost in Translation soundtrack.”

• “In the Marketplace” by Earth, Wind & Fire
“For an African indigenous feel, this kalimba piece is lovely.”

• “Mothersbaugh’s Canon” by Mark Mothersbaugh
“[The Devo front man] composed this for The Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack. It has harpsichord, strings, and flute.”

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